Crystal McCallie grew up in Northwest Texas and began her early art education at Amarillo
College and West Texas A&M University. She recently received a BFA in Drawing and
Printmaking from the University of Montana. In her mixed media work, she seeks to capture
rare, quiet moments and their intricacies that portray shared emotional experiences of the
human soul. The outcome reveals both the tension and tranquility of the subjects that include
people, nature, and objects of curiosity that evoke a sense of nostalgia. Crystal is a current MFA
graduate student at the University of Montana’s School of Visual and Media Arts working in
printmaking and textiles. She resides in Missoula, Montana with her husband and four children.
Life is made up of an infinite number of intricate stories that coalesce to form our existence.
Through the media of drawing, printmaking, eco dyeing, and textiles I seek to capture these
stories using subjects of my family, natural obscurities, and objects of curiosity. The recreated
narrative is a ghostly menagerie that nudges on the imagination - a glimpse of a dream, a
faraway memory, a timeless place, and an echo of sentimentality. The collage technique of
tearing down, building up, pushing, pulling, trying, succeeding, and sometimes failing reveals
evidence of the process that is as intriguing as the finished work. The resulting artwork unveils a
page from my own story and other stories I love.
Collage describes both the technique and the resulting work of art in which pieces of paper,
photographs, fabric and other ephemera are arranged and stuck down onto a supporting
surface. (Tate Modern)
For the 2023 MAEA Retreat at the University of Montana, Missoula, artists will be creating
mixed media works of collage that utilize screen printing, eco printing, textiles, and other
creative methods. The resulting artwork will be an intuitively assembled two dimensional “quilt”
sample that uses cotton paper, fabric remnants, and found articles - imagine a more elaborate
and expressive form of scrapbooking. Artists will spend time prior to the event sourcing articles
that they will use in their collages. Then, we will come together and talk about the collage
process and how to make a personal narrative. I will do a screen printing and eco printing demo,
then assist the artists in creating their collage bits and pieces. Lastly, the artists will assemble
their collages with sewing, pasting, or both, layering their mixed media masterpieces! The UM
print shop, through the cost of registration for each artist, will provide remaining supplies and
equipment. I will include examples of things to bring as well as examples of artwork. The MAEA
Retreat and the UM print shop will provide time, space, instruction, materials, and equipment to
create a finished work of art that will hopefully inspire each artist in the printmaking and collage
Each artist should bring with them:
Several pieces of fabric - the more, the better. Fabric needs to include very light colored natural
material for eco and screen printing, ie. cotton canvas, muslin, linen, tea towels. These should
measure at least 12 x 12 inches (not exact). Consider sourcing used clothing from thrift stores or
your clothes and linen closets. Remember 100% cotton or linen works best for printing.
Interesting remnants - other pieces of fabric (all sizes) that are interesting or special to you;
consider pieces of lace, old cloth napkins with embroidery, handkerchiefs, old linens, old clothes
with interesting stitching or buttons - these are good things to source from a thrift store or your
Interesting paper - patterned scrapbooking paper, wall paper, old greeting cards, garment
patterns, old books to cut up, etc.
Sewing notions if you have them - needle and thread, scissors, embroidery thread and needle,
straight pins. If you do not have these items, I have some you can borrow.
Sewing machine if you have one you would like to use - We will have two, possibly three
machines to use in the studio. If you do not wish to use a machine, you may hand stitch or
Images or ideas for screen printing - these can be your own drawings, photos, clip art, patterns,
lace scraps, etc. These can be representational, abstract, or both; physical or digital images.
Art supplies if you have them - sketch book for ideas, charcoal, pencils, sharpies, brushes,
colored pencils, etc.; If you do not have these, I have some you can borrow.
Apron and work clothes and shoes - Important! We will be working with materials that will stain,
so wear clothes and shoes you’re not afraid to get permanently marked.
Here are some helpful links:
Schedule Retreat 2023
Three Amazing Artists to teach us all
Erika Wilson - Botanical Linocut Prints
I am a printmaker and teacher from Billings, Montana, and I currently teach
Printmaking and Art Education at Rocky Mountain College. I also own and operate a letterpress
print shop in Billings called the Windy Mill Press, where I print everything from business cards to
posters on antique presses using hand-set vintage metal and wood type.
We will be drawing, carving, and printing 4 x 5 inch botanical linoleum block relief prints of
flowers and plants on Japanese paper.
Mary Serbe - Tiny Lino! Big Press!
Mary Serbe is a certified art educator with an MAT from the Art Institute of Chicago who has taught in schools, museums, and arts organizations with students from preschool age to adulthood. In the recent past, she was Education Director at the Yellowstone Art Museum for four years. She is now At Kirks’ Grocery, an alternative art gallery, performance venue and gathering space. Mary teaches and organizes classes at Kirks’ and curates the exhibitions. Mary is currently teaching Fundamentals of 2D Design at MSUB, with a linocut printmaking component.
This is your opportunity to create small linocut prints using a full sized press. As educators, you are often working with DIY set-ups, especially for printmaking. This session will allow you as artist-educators to engage with the joy of the big press and to discuss printing methods you have used or are considering with your students. If you are experienced with linocut, your teeny prints can evolve into multi color prints or reduction prints. As a whole group, we will be able to create collaborative prints using many tiny lino plates.
After creating tiny linocuts, we can discuss lesson plan options that allow you to purchase a small amount of soft ready-cut Lino (and paper) for maximum effect. We can also strategize for ways to print collaboratively with your students.
Jenna Reineking - The Practical Printmaker
Artist Bio:Jenna Reineking is a Montana born artist and educator currently living in Belfry, MT. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art with emphasis in Printmaking from Montana State University Bozeman, and Master of Fine Art in Visual Studies at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Jenna is the Executive Director/ Co-Founder of Tumblewheel Studios, a mobile arts education program, and an adjunct professor at Rocky Mountain College and Montana State University - Billings. Her work has been exhibited at the Yellowstone Art Museum, Jackson Hole Center for the Arts, PAGE Space, and Holt Galleries. In 2016, Reineking created a public work in the Portland Building for the Regional Arts and Culture Council. She is a recipient of the CSA Artist Fellowship, as well as a Caldera Arts Residency. Her work has been reviewed in the Willamette Week, the Billings Gazette, The Jackson Hole News & Guide, and Planet Jackson Hole.
Printmaking can be made ANYWHERE with (almost) ANYTHING! However, there is also a stigma surrounding the world of print - one that claims you need special tools or machines in order to participate in this art form. This workshop will illustrate how printmaking can be an inclusive and accessible artform that exposes students to a variety of unique processes.
Join me on this low-fi journey where we will explore the ways we can facilitate printmaking using minimal tools and everyday materials. With tin foil and oil pastels, we will investigate the process of lithography. Utilizing scraps and recyclables, we will produce texture-rich collagraphs. At the culmination of our class, we will discuss the work we've created, and additional printmaking exercises you can incorporate into your curriculum that require minimal financial investment. Last but not least (and possibly most importantly!), there will be a print exchange with your fellow colleagues!
Misc. Collagraph materials - these will be collected over time - interesting textures (bring with you)
- sandpaper (different grits)
- mat board scraps
- bubble wrap
Schedule Retreat 2023 Billings
MAEA Retreat Billings, MT @ MSUB
April 20th - 22nd
Thursday, April 20th
Check into Lodging/Dinner on your own
5:00 – 7:00 PM Juried Student Exhibition and Reception
Friday, April 21st
Breakfast on your own
9:00 – 12:00 Erika Wilson Botanical Linocut Prints
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch on your own (there is a cozy café located at the museum that closes at 2pm)
1:30 - 2:00 Travel to Yellowstone Art Museum
2:00 – 3:30 Review of Robert Blackburn printmaking exhibition/reception for teachers/ travel back to MSUB campus
3:30 - 4:00 Travel to MSUB campus
4:00 – 7:00 Mary Serbe Tiny Lino! Big Press!
7:15 – 8:15 Potluck Dinner College of Education. (There is a full kitchen with a pass-through for the dining area included in that reservation.)
8:30 – 10:00 Critique with open studio time with one-on-one instruction (create something new, finish works in progress, or revise work from critique).
Saturday, April 22nd
Breakfast on your own
9:00 – 12:00 pm Jenna Reineking The Practical Printmaker
12:00 Goodbyes and Farewells
Comfort Inn University
1021 E Broadway St, Missoula, MT 59802•(406) 317-7957 has a few rooms at $116 per night this includes taxes. If you know you are coming and want to stay here call ASAP they are filing up fast.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Missoula - Edgewater
100 Madison St, Missoula, MT 59802•(406) 728-3100 - Room Single Rate, Block of 10 rooms held till March 2nd
Amazing AirB&B's, Maybe less expensive to stay together in a house. Here is the link to the website.